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What science says about species-rich grassland management in Central and Eastern Europe and the importance of traditional knowledge (joint ABC-EMPEG)
The species-rich secondary grasslands of Central and Eastern Europe, formed as a side product of low-intensity farming, are an example of positive impact by human activities on ecosystem biodiversity. Maintaining them in the face of agricultural and socio-economic change, is the main goal of current grassland conservation. This webinar, given by three grassland scientists, will demonstrate: i) the importance of a deep knowledge of local history and traditions, which led to the formation of each particular grassland; ii) the risks associated with substituting traditional grassland management practices by their modern analogies; iii) the irreplaceable role of domestic animals in grassland conservation. It will highlight how collaborating with farmers and herders who still use approaches inspired by their ancestors (based on traditional ecological knowledge), not only avoids conflict but brings new insights into animal grazing behaviour for better management of species-rich grassland.

Sep 27, 2022 01:00 PM in Amsterdam

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